Search System New Features Roundup

March is almost over, and it’s a good time to look over all the good things that 2014 has already brought us.  Many of our patent search systems have introduced useful new features, and if you haven’t been keeping up with your favorite search system’s press announcements, it’s an excellent time for a roundup.

Read on for a summary of the most notable updates!

Questel Orbit, Minesoft and RWS PatBase, and LexisNexis TotalPatent have all seen notable updates this year.

Questel Orbit

The newest Orbit enhancement is an interactive filter menu that appears on the search results page, allowing the user to immediately reduce their results set via a number of filtering parameters, including:

  • Publication Country
  • CPC Classification
  • IPC Classification
  • US Classification
  • US Litigation
  • Legal Status (live/dead)
  • Earliest Application Year
  • Assignee

Note that filtering is only available for results sets under 50,000 records.

Orbit has also introduced a new German-language interface. There have also been some enhancements to Questel’s IPBI analysis product.  Full information can be found on the new features announcement page.


Minesoft & RWS Patbase

New features in PatBase include:

The New Reassignment Browser is a tool that shows transfers of patent ownership in a logical, organized manner, and it allows filtering by country, so you can see, for example, only reassignments that occurred for European (EP) patent family members.

PatBase has also added a semantic search option, which is a nice addition.  The new Similarity Search feature will take natural language input, and is available as a separate search form.  At the moment, there is no way to limit search results by other parameters, such as publication date, so any similarity searches will have to be combined with other search parameters by using the product’s search history interface.

There are also new search commands that will search the FDA Orangebook data in PatBase.  The Orangebook data has been available since 2013, and has been used to enhance some pharmaceutical patents with direct links to the relevant Orangebook records.  Now, this data can be searched via commands that search for:

  • The presence of FDA records (yes/no)
  • Full text search of FDA data records
  • FDA Application Number
  • FDA Applicant
  • FDA Active ingredient
  • FDA Propriety/Trade name

Additionally, all PatBase machine translated content can now be searched concurrently via a new machine translation search tab on the non-Latin search form.  Previously, users could only search in machine translations of one particular language (e.g. only Japanese machine translations, or only Chinese machine translations, etc.).

A few other enhancements have been made to PatBase.  See their new features announcement for more information.


LexisNexis TotalPatent

TotalPatent has added a new customized highlighting feature, a very welcome addition, as it lagged behind other commercial search systems in this respect.  The ability to highlight important keywords in search results is a critical time-saving feature of patent search systems.

A remove family member duplicates option has been added for results sets and work folders.

A new assignee look-up tool has been introduced.  Assignees in TotalPatent have been recently normalized and standardized through an internal process.  The look-up tool will allow users to search specifically in normalized, standardized or original forms of assignee data.

Direct links to 22 different national patent registers have been added to augment TotalPatent’s legal status coverage, including AU, BE, CA, CH, DE, ES, FI, FR, GB, HK, IE, IL, IT, IS, JP, KR, LT, MD, NL, NZ, RU and WO.

For additional TotalPatent enhancements, see their new features announcement page.

What new features are you hoping to see this year?  Let us know in the comments!

Patent Information from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Landon IP Librarian Kristin Whitman. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

2 Responses

  1. Dear Kristin, thank you very much for this useful material. Also I’d like to mention it’s easy understandable for non-English users.
    Would it be better to add some notable current updates of Thomson Innovation to the row of leading patent search systems?

  2. Thank you very much for your feedback, kolesik2. I’ll look into doing a Thomson Innovation update as well!

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